Artists participating in last weekend’s Broadway Art Show sold about $27,000 of their work, with 30% of their sales directly benefiting Monticello-Union Township Public Library.
Monica Casanova, library director, said the proceeds will go into a new endowment fund for the library to help cover the upkeep for the building and the grounds.
“We’ve reached the 20th anniversary of the library being built,” she said. “It’s starting to show its age.”
Of particular concern is the carpet, which has lasted well beyond its eight- to 10-year life span, she said.
The new endowment, which will be handled by the White County Foundation, is the third one the library has established, she said. The other two were created to help fund children and adult programs – to supplement tax money the library receives to support its services, she said.
The total dollar amount of the art sold last weekend is $2,000 more than last year, she said. In fact the total dollars sold has continued to rise every year.
This year the library expanded the time allotted for the private purchase award sponsor reception, increasing it from two hours to four.
Anyone can be a private purchase sponsor. All he or she has to do is pledge to spend at least $50 purchasing art at the show, Casanova said.
The extra time for the reception allowed purchasers to more leisurely shop through the works for sale, she said. When the reception was only two hours long, purchasers were rushed at trying to see all the items.
Next year Casanova hopes to attract more local artists.